It has been almost 2 years since we last attended a bike show in person, and what a long strange trip it has been. While we have missed seeing our friends within the industry, we have stayed busy with our customer base exploring new custom finish designs and continuing to improve the products we deliver every day. When we heard that the Enve show was happening this year with in-person attendance, and that we were invited again, we knew it felt right that in a return to normalcy we bring back the bike that really started the monster gravel craze for us to show where it all began. Thus, our 2021 Enve show bike is our much beloved Storm King Gravel bike.
Back in 2019 when we debuted the Storm King at the first Enve builder show, we showed off the prototype bike. It was the first one we made and while we were very happy with the direction of the bike and knew the potential of it, we also knew we were going to make improvements to the design and functionality of the bike.
The main story with this particular bike is the finish. As we continue to use cerakote and anodize options on our bikes, we have expanded our capabilities to offer cerakote on carbon components as well. This allows us to truly match our frame design artwork with near indestructible colors and graphics on carbon parts so everything ties in together quite nicely.
The frame starts with a matte black fade on the front end and transitions to a bead blast finish just behind the anodized Sage logo on the downtube. On the top tube, we transition from the matte black cerakote to a raw finish stripe and Storm King logo where it combines with the bead blast finish again for the back half of the frame. The Owl and Made In USA logos are raw finish as well and our Brewed In Oregon logo on our chainstay gets the anodized treatment to tie the frame back together.
The Enve components all get the cerakote treatment as well. They are all painted matte black cerakote with a blue raspberry color pop to brighten things up. Of course, when you have Enve wheels you need to color match the logos as well. The logos on the wheels are decals, but through a very precise color matching process, we were able to replicate the blue raspberry cerakote finish on a vinyl decal for the perfect wheel match.
Our first Storm King used internal routing but with fixed ports that left no room for upgrades or swaps. Since then, we have switched to a modular port design which allows us to route brake lines, Di2 line, and dropper lines through multiple port points that can also be covered up when not in use. This keeps things looking clean when it is time to switch things up on the bike and future proofs it against any hardware changes a customer might make.
The other major change we made was the switch to the T47 BB from our original threaded BB. This allows us to run the rear brake line internally within the frame all the way back to the brake caliper for a very clean aesthetic.
- Build Spec:
- Frame: Storm King
- Custom Finish: Cerakote Matte Black/ Anodize Blue logos/ Bead Blast Finish with hits of Raw Titanium showing through
- Fork: Enve Adventure Fork
- Drivetrain: Campagnolo EKAR- 40T Front Ring/ 9-42 Cassette
- Enve Road Stem, SES AR Bar, Road Seatpost, Enve 3.0mm Black Bar Tape
- Headset: Chris King Inset 7 Headset in Matte Slate
- Saddle: Sage Beccus
- Wheels/ Tires: Enve G23 w/ Enve Alloy Hubs, WTB Venture 700×42 Tires
- Silca Titanium Bottle Cages: Anodized blue to match downtube logo
- King Manything Fork Cages: Cerakoted blue raspberry to match Enve carbon components
- All Enve components cerakoted matte black and blue raspberry
- Sage Titanium Seatpost collar anodized blue with matte black cerakote Sage logo
- Custom Enve wheel decals color matched to blue raspberry cerakote
- Frame: Storm King